Get­ting away in style

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By STU­ART MARTIN

RENOWNED mo­torhome maker Trakka has re­leased a new model for those look­ing to get away in style.

And when we say get away, we mean it — the choice to ‘‘free camp’’ and not rely en­tirely on pow­ered sites is an op­tion worth hav­ing if peace and quiet is one of your aims.

The Trakkaway 700 is the lat­est Fiat Du­cato-based mo­torhome from Trakka, which features dieselpow­ered ap­pli­ances — a cook­top, water and room heater — as well as a 270-watt so­lar-charg­ing sys­tem for the twin-bat­tery aux­il­iary power sys­tem to main­tain home com­forts.

The 132kW/400Nm, three­l­itre tur­bod­iesel, front-drive lay­out has a six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion and the features list has dual front airbags, lap-sash seat belts for four, cruise con­trol, a trip com­puter, sat­nav, Blue­tooth phone link and iPod link. Priced from $169,500 drive-away, the op­tions list in­cludes an up­grade from two to four-berth for $3500, leather trim for $2950, a $1950 tow­ing package, an al­loy bull bar for $2450, a $2500 rain-water re­trieval sys­tem and AL-KO lev­el­ling sus­pen­sion which is also on the list for $2500.

There’s also air con­di­tion­ing through­out, heat­ing, a re­vers­ing cam­era, swiv­el­ling front seats, a pri­vacy blind for the front cabin, dou­ble glazed win­dows and a sky­light that’s also fit­ted with blinds. The liv­ing space is con­tained within a com­pos­ite body struc­ture and of­fers ex­tremely easy ac­cess, lam­i­nated ply­wood cab­i­nets and also a con­tem­po­rary de­sign theme.

A 136-litre fridge, mi­crowave, 165 litres of water (in­clud­ing 20 litres of diesel­heated water), over­head lock­ers with roller shut­ter doors, fil­tered drink­ing water and a por­ta­ble, en­ter­tain­ment unit with a tele­vi­sion and DVD.

Trakka says that its ‘‘Switch Mode Bath­room’’ is a patented sys­tem that of­fers a full-size shower or toi­let, con­tained all in the one cu­bi­cle — but the toi­let dis­ap­pears with a press of a but­ton. The liv­ing area is sep­a­rate from the bed­room — thanks to a room divider — which features a bed­slide sys­tem with stor­age be­neath it.

The Trakkaway 700 also has a push-but­ton op­er­ated full-length side awning.

There is a handy ex­te­rior work bench and a power out­let used for pre­par­ing meals, ex­te­rior LED light­ing and an out­door hot and cold shower.

An elec­tronic con­trol unit mon­i­tors the bat­ter­ies, water tank lev­els, in­door and out­door tem­per­a­tures.

The Trakkaway also comes fit­ted with a built-in cir­cuit breaker and cord stor­age, plus there’s also a very handy 135-litre built-in grey-water tank.

The Trakkaway 700 mo­torhome fea­tures all the lat­est mod cons and comes priced from $169,500 drive-away

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